Dragons back rows Ieuan Jones and Hywel Stoddart are looking to make their first league appearances as senior Dragons players after being named in Darren Edwards’ squad for this weekend’s game against leinster (Saturday, 6:15pm, RDS, Dublin)
Stoddart appeared for the Dragons last season on permit from the Premiership and his performances on the pitch as well as during the pre-season as one of the “dirty dozen” has been rewarded with the trip to Ireland.
Young gun Hallam Amos has also boosted the Dragons squad, 2 weeks shy of his 18th birthday.
Dan Lydiate is out with a sternum injury but is expected to be back for the derby with Cardiff Blues next weekend whilst Andrew Coombs is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks with a knee injury.
Dragons squad for Leinster
Dan Evans, Hallam Amos, Tom Prydie, Will Harries, Andy Tuilagi, Ashley Smith, Pat Leach, Lewis Robling, Steffan Jones, Wayne Evans, Jonathan Evans,
Tom Brown, Toby Faletau, Hywel Stoddart, Lewis Evans, Jevon Groves, Ieuan Jones, Adam Jones, Ian Nimmo, Tim Ryan, Nathan Buck, Nathan Williams, Aaron Coundley, Hugh Gustafson, Sam Parry,.
Players not selected through injury;
Joe Bedford (shoulder), Adam Hughes (hamstring), Tonderai Chavhanga (knee), Jamie Smith (ankle), Matthew Pewtner (hamstring), Dan Watchurst (leg break), Darren Waters (knee), Rob Sidoli (Calf), Andrew Coombes (Knee), Dan Lydiate (sternum), Mike Poole (knee)